Jim Forte Postal History

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Rhode Island


Rhode Island Literature is fairly extensive. Try:

Rhode Island Postal History the post offices  by Lawrence Merolla, Frank Crowther and Arthur B. Jackson is an illustrated  post office listing with scarcity ratings.

Rhode Island Post Offices Revised Listing & Scarcity Ratings (No author noted) followed up on the above work a few years later in a more compact form.

The Post Offices of Rhode Island by John S. Gallagher is a more traditional post office listing.

Checklist of Rhode Island Post Offices 1790-1994 by Del Beaudreau is a complete but compact listing with some additional information seen nowhere else.

The Post Offices of Rhode Island by Del Beaudreau is a postmark and cancellations catalog being published serially by the Rhode Island Postal History Society.

You can access my online guide of Rhode Island Post Offices here.


Rhode Island is a small state. That gives collectors the illusion of possible completeness. That once made the market for its covers among the best. A very high percentage of Rhode Island covers offered sold. Common material found a buyer or two and scarce material found still competition. There was slightly less interest in the big cities, but even these were collected. Lately, there have been changes in the way collectors find their entry into collecting postal history. Up until recently new collectors came from the stamp publications and stamp shows. Lately more collectors have come from the internet. Their interest focuses on their home state. That state is or likely to be big. The demand for Rhode Island has slowed, but remains above average

Among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, R.P.O.'s and Streetcars, Oregon rates as the 2nd state in terms of percentage of covers sold at 82.64%. It ranks 37th in terms of the value of covers sold as percentage of all town cancels sold at 0.85%. The overall rank is 13th. This is a ten year running average. The most recent trends are about the same.

Covers For Sale

All Rhode Island Covers

Rhode Island By County

19th Century







World War One

Picture Postcards

Machine Cancels

Auxiliary Markings

Fancy Cancels

Non Standard Postmarks

Registered Covers

Special Delivery Covers

Foreign Destinations



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